UPDATE ON OFWS IN THE MIDEAST

Manila, March 22, 2003 -- About 150 Filipinos in Kuwait have been moved to
safer ground amid retaliatory attacks by Iraq, according to Ambassador
Bayani Mangibin.

There are at least 60,000 Filipinos in Kuwait.

"The Filipino community in Kuwait is out of harm's way. They are more
concerned about the panic reactions of their families in the Philippines,"
Ople said.

Ambassador Roy Cimatu, head of the Philippine Middle East Preparedness
Team, said he secured a commitment from the International Organization for
Migration to assist Filipinos in case the need for mass relocation arises.

Ambassador Bahnarim Guinomla to Saudi Arabia said the Saudi government
would issue emergency transit visas for those who will cross its border
from Kuwait in case the war worsens.

"There are some who crossed the border to Saudi Arabia. They have been
received by our special team from Riyadh," Ople said.

The emergency transit visas will be issued by the Saudi Embassy in Kuwait
free of charge to foreign citizens and nationals provided they possess
valid passports.

In case the Saudi Embassy in Kuwait fails to issue visas, foreigners will
still be allowed to enter Saudi territory provided they are included in the
embassy list of nationals who are expected to enter Saudi Arabia.

Ambassador Belen Anota to Israel said that country, where 30,000 Filipinos
work, remains peaceful despite threats of missile attacks by Iraq.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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